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Sexual Assault Awareness Month! 
15th-Apr-2014 09:55 am
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and I have not posted a damn thing about it. I'd like to. Today's busy, but I could get started tomorrow. I have some topics in mind, but thought I'd ask y'all:

What topics regarding sexual violence would you like me to address?
15th-Apr-2014 03:47 pm (UTC) - There's this privilege thing
I think the way sexual violence and privilege intersect has bee kind of running through the streams the past year.

I mean, there's always been a privilege component: men, with privilege, were given power and free reign to (ab)use women who had less or no power. Or whites (again, with privilege) were enabled/permitted to do things to colored people (usually, again, women). Women of color get arrested more often for sex-related crimes and so on.

There's also been a lot of "known person" and "big name" privilege going around lately. People in SF, or SF fandom who are known and treated specially for their years in the community. At least, I think that's a framework one can use to think about it. There's also a power/trust dynamic, which is part of what enabled a privileged group (Catholic priests, Penn State coaches, etc) to perpetrate sexual assaults. People with power ~= people with privilege. I think? Maybe?

Maybe I'm just muddling through stuff in my head.
15th-Apr-2014 04:56 pm (UTC)
I'm interested in the things that make people deny they've been sexually assaulted. Like the way victimized people say, "It wasn't really rape/sexual assault, [perpetrator] only did X thing to me," or try to own the experience by acting okay with it, or pretend an act of assault was consensual, or that this is just how the world works and that other victims should shut up. I have my own ideas as to why these things are said, but I'd like to hear yours.

Honestly, I'll be interested in whatever you have to say.
16th-Apr-2014 12:32 pm (UTC)
15th-Apr-2014 05:41 pm (UTC)
How communities which have unwittingly sheltered abusers can work to do better in the future.
16th-Apr-2014 02:39 pm (UTC)
Raising daughters to be healthy & whole when you have a sexual assault history yourself.

(I understand people raise sons. But I am not, and you have not, so that may be a story someone else needs to write)
16th-Apr-2014 03:16 pm (UTC)
No topic request per se, but would you be interested in writing an article for my employer's website about this, on a specific topic of your choosing? Doesn't have to be insanely long, and you can cobble together any common questions/answers if you'd like or use an article you've done before. Let me know!

Edited at 2014-04-16 03:17 pm (UTC)
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